No. 91: Chic-a-peas win, biofuel loses and some great news for brewers

The top construction zone in the Northeast.

It’s Monday: A great start of the week, everybody and welcome new subscribers, including Stephen and Steven, Patrick, Kris, 5005287, and many others. Glad to have you aboard.

It’s the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, being marked locally at the American Airpower Museum at Republic, 10:30 a.m., two LI survivors expected to attend.

Also, Chag Urim Sameach. A quick look at Hanukkah patents here.

Moving on up: John Henry, the 22-year-old founder of accelerator program Cofound Harlem, is looking to raise $8 million for what would be Harlem’s first VC fund.

A fix is in: A last-minute congressional deal is in the works to save the EB-5 visa-for-cash program, which allows foreigners who invest more than $500,000 in priority areas of the country to obtain green cards. The program – designed for use in impoverished areas but used lately to fund everything from NYC’s Hudson Yards project to our own Nassau Hub – sunsets Dec. 11.

Going West: Wharton, Carnegie Mellon and Northeastern are among East Coast schools rushing to open operations in the San Fran area. (Free account required.)

Thought it would be higher: Thirty-six of Crain’s 100 best places to work are technology companies, with app-maker Button ruling the roost. No. 8, interestingly, is a construction company.

Kinda like Abe Vigoda: Despite what you may have heard, Zirtual is actually not dead.

Logging on: Tools4Ever is poised to release a pair of additions to its software suites that help HR with all those employee sign-ons, privileges and single-password applications. A big hit with universities, they’re now finding favor with firms as diverse as Adecco and National Geographic.

Call it Start-Up NY Lite: The long-expected Innovation Hot Spots program was officially rolled out on Friday, offering tax breaks, mentorship and other bennies to startups willing to locate in or affiliate with select local accelerators, including SBU, NYIT, LIFT, LISTnet and the LaunchPad chain.

Clicked in: Top click-throughs from last week’s blasts included John Cornwell’s amazing beach blanket conveyor, Jim McCune’s latest craft brewreport and the unlikely past and ever-unfolding future of ALA Scientific.

No. 1 click, though: Pam Anderson.

Follow-on plug: McCune’s craft beverage operation has a tasty new web portal.

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Wrapper’s delight: If you’re determined to give only female-made gifts this holiday season, here’s a guide.

Perfect pairing: Long Island City snack startup Chic-a-peas won the 3rd annual Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room competition in Manhattan. The founders, a pair of former bankers, get $10K and a year of coaching from Boston Brewing Co. founder Jim Koch.

Our billion at work: Buffalo ranks as the hottest construction market in the Northeast, according to the latest labor numbers. Boston was a close second, NYC third by a distance.

Probably not related: The Department of Homeland Security announced it would hold its annual conference in Buffalo in 2017.

Four-minute read: Zuckerberg’s decision to give his fortune away through an LLC allows him to make grants, loans, crazy big bets and everything in between. Smart.

Somewhat longer: Legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has declared a war on oil. In his bid to turn pine chips into biofuel, however, oil won.

Yeast of Eden: Researchers have found a way to replicate the natural hybridization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the yeast that made cold-brewed lager – and a $250 billion industry – possible. Imagine the new possibilities.

Didn’t see the stop sign, officer: A Boston startup is developing a dashboard screen that would display info from your smartphone.

You add tinsel: Ten years of growth, three months of shaping, a whole lot of chainsaws, then helicopters and refrigerated trucks. Welcome to the $110 million Oregon Christmas tree harvest.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.